Variations in hospital care14th May 2008
A poll of hospital patients in England showed that most felt their care was of a high quality.
Some 92% of those involved in the Healthcare Commission survey said the care they received was either good, very good or excellent.
The majority were also satisfied with their care during an overnight stay, however the findings did reveal variations in a number of other key areas such as food quality and information given to patients on their treatment.
And the issue of the continuing use of mixed-sex facilities still troubled a significant number of patients with a quarter saying they shared a sleeping area with a patient of the opposite sex when first admitted to hospital. In some of the 165 trusts covered this rose to half, while in others there was virtually no sharing.
There were wide variations in those not getting help when they needed it to eat, up to 40% in some trusts, while 15% said the quality of hospital food was poor.
The number of patients saying their care was excellent rose from 41% to 42% since last year.
While Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker said the findings were encouraging, she added: â€œSome hospitals are struggling to deliver on some of the basics of hospital care. There are striking variations in performance in key areas. Those performing poorly must learn form those who perform well.â€?
Health Minister Ann Keen said the survey gave the government a â€œreal insightâ€? into what patients think about their care and it would work on areas where improvements were needed.
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Title: Variations in hospital care
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 6758
Date Added: 14th May 2008